Wednesday, April 3, 2013

UK GameStick launch to be a GAME exclusive - Android - News ...

UK highstreet gaming retailer GAME has secured another exclusive Android gaming hardware launch for its stores in June. Late last week we reported that GAME would be launching the OUYA in the UK in June, with pre-orders available at ?99.99. Now it has been revealed that GAME will launch the GameStick console in June, it is available for pre-order on the GAME website for ?79.99.

As a reminder of the GameStick specs I have reproduced the specs and features table below.

  • Processor - Amlogic 8726-MXS (dual-core Cortex A9 chip at 1.5GHz, along with a dual-core Mali 400 GPU at 400MHz)
  • Memory - 1GB DDR3 / 8GB FLASH (+microSD card slot for up to 32GB)
  • Content Download Manager w/ cloud storage for games.
  • HDMI interface, MHL support to take power directly from the HDMI slot (Power options are also available for older TVs)
  • WiFi - 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth - LE 4.0
  • O/S - Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Controller ? Bluetooth 3 mode controller: gamepad, mouse and keyboard with support for up to 4 controllers
  • Full 1080p HD video decoding
  • Support for iOS and Android mobile devices to be used as controllers
  • Support for XBMC & DLNA from September via optional firmware update.

Jasper Smith, CEO for PlayJam said ?We are delighted to be partnering with GAME to bring GameStick to the UK market. It?s an affordable gaming console and we expect demand to be strong in the lead up to the in-store launch later this year. This is the first of many such partnerships that we will be securing over the coming weeks and we are thrilled that GAME is the first.? On the other end of the deal a GAME spokesperson said they were ?really excited to be the only UK retailer to offer this product to the gaming community?.

Just like the OUYA console the dollar price seems to have been switched directly to pounds without any one bothering to whip out a calculator and mess around with exchange rates.

Last week we learned about several games which will come pre-installed on a new GameStick, including a third person shooter called Shadowgun. Also several more titles are lined up for the GameStick?s proprietary app store. GameInformer had a hands-on with a GameStick console at the GDC last week and I have embedded the official UI demo video below for your convenience. The interface looks like it works pretty slickly and the Riptide game in the video runs smoothly.


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